Engineering for Architects

Architectural Technology 3 — Advanced Structures

Each fall Will Laufs teaches a course titled “Advanced Structures” to Architecture Masters students at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The course is outlined below.

Course Outline

A4113 — Architectural Technology III

  1. Introduction to Advanced Structures
  2. Loading, Force Flow
  3. Stresses, Deflections
  4. Bending – Beam, Slab, Cantilever
  5. Vertical Elements – Columns, Walls, Foundation
  6. Lateral Systems – Bracing, Frame, Diaphragm
  7. Folding
  8. Formfinding – Membranes, Fabric Structures
  9. Pneumatic Bubbles
  10. Cables, Tensegrity Systems
  11. Shell Structures, Arches, Domes